Greek Orthodox Patrology

An Introduction to the Study of the Church Fathers


by Panagiotes K. Chrestou
Edited and Translated by Protopresbyter Geoge Dion. Dragas


Series: Orthodox Theological Library

Paperback (October 2005)

ISBN: 1-933275-04-9

Price: $19.95 + S&H (USD)


The late Professor Panagiotes K. Chrestou of Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece, is justly regarded as the leading Greek Patrologist of the twentieth century. The present volume is a foretaste of Professor Chrestou's Greek Patrology. Its great value will be realized by anyone who decides to delve into these pages. It provides a bird's eye view of Greek Orthodox Patrology, and elucidates in a thorough and succinct way such basic topics as: who the Fathers are; the historical context of patristic literature; the nature and characteristics of Greek patristic literature; and the seven major periods of patristic literature from AD 90 through 1453, the capture of Constantinople.



The late Professor Panagiotes K. Chrestou (Παναγιώτης Κ. Χρήστου) of Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece, is justly regarded as the leading Greek Patrologist of the twentieth century. His work in the field of Patrology is most valuable and his contributions enormous, if one just considers the multi-volume editions of Patristic texts that he has edited and especially the critical edition of the works of St. Gregory Palamas. His Greek Patrology in 5 volumes, written in Greek and comprising some 3,300 pages, is the most updated Patrology around the world, surpassing any other in thoroughness and extensiveness, and it would have been the indispensable textbook in this field worldwide had it been translated into a more commonly used language, like English; after all, its author has used the international network of scholarship to write his book that competes with any other in the field anywhere.



Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, Ph.D., D.D. (Hon.), Δ.Θ. (Hon.) is Professor of Patrology/Patristics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born in Athens, Greece, where he received his first education and studied science. He pursued Theological Studies at Edinburgh University (B.D.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Th.) and Durham University, England (Ph.D.).

He taught Patristics at Durham University in England from 1974 – 1995. Since 1995, he has been teaching at Holy Cross in Brookline. At present, he is also Visiting Professor at Sherbrooke Université and Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, and at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), St. John of Damascus School of Theology.

He is a specialist on St. Athanasius and the Alexandrian theologians and is responsible for updating with critical introductions the Athens reprint of Migne's Patrologia Græca (about 150 volumes published so far).

He is a member of the Academie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses (Brussels) and has been involved in Ecumenical Dialogues for many years as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In 2000, the Faculty of Theology of the St. Klement National University of Sofia, Bulgaria conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Honoris causa. In 2005, he was honored with another honorary Theology Doctorate by the Aristotle University of Thessalonike in Greece. In 2006, he received the Aristeion (top award for academic excellence) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


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